BASF Corp. to discuss urban living challenges in New York City

BASF and stakeholders discuss urban living challenges in NYC
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BASF Corporation recently announced that it is hosting a program in New York City to discuss how urban development must meet the demands of the world’s growing population.

"BASF is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year," BASF Corporation Chairman and CEO Wayne T. Smith said. "Our history shows that chemistry is an enabler for new ideas and solutions. As we celebrate this milestone, we are connecting people and ideas to make meaningful contributions to society in accordance with our corporate purpose: 'We create chemistry for a sustainable future.'"

The week-long program will include leaders, citizens, scientists and students in determining sustainable solutions.

"Cities are fundamentally about people, and where people go and where people meet are at the core of what makes a city work," Keynote Speaker Amanda Burden said. "So even more important than buildings in a city are the public spaces in between them. And today, some of the most transformative changes in cities are happening in these public spaces."

The discussion’s case study for public-private partnerships benefitting the needs of the world’s cities will be Red Hook, Brooklyn.

"Our Red Hook neighborhood is uniquely Brooklyn: diverse and creative," Red Hook resident Professor Alexandros Washburn, founding director of the Center for Costal Resilience and Urban Xcellence (CRUX) at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, said. "But we're not unique when it comes to flood risk and sea level rise because we live right on the waterfront, like a billion other people around the world. If we can find a way to make Red Hook resilient, we can find a way to make all coastal cities resilient."

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